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The Columbiana County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) thanks the County Commissioners for their generous support, allowing the team to fully outfit the CERT Response Trailer, which was recently displayed at the office. of the County Emergency Management Agency in Lisbon. The CERT team was able to add communications equipment, HVAC systems, interior and exterior lighting, and a generator to support the team during deployment. Pictured left are team members Jerry Teeter, Dr. Kim Jackson, Chuck Gibson, Allen Cottrill, Jeff Zeh, Eric Dean, team leader Debra Moore, commissioners Mike Halleck, Tim Weigle and Roy Paparodis and team members Al Hoffman, Lora Klein and Seven and Shannon Rambo. (Photo courtesy of Columbiana County EMA)

LISBON – Volunteers responding to emergencies in local communities when needed now have a well-stocked trailer to help them in their efforts. The Columbiana County Community Emergency Response Team, known as CERT, recently displayed their remodeled trailer at the county’s emergency management agency so county commissioners can see how their generosity has bearing fruit.

EMA Director Peggy Clark said CERT acquired a trailer a few years ago to travel to the scenes of disasters and other emergencies where they are called upon to help. One such emergency was to control traffic when residents lined up in their cars in the winter of 2021 to get their COVID shots. The trailer had no heating at the time.

The commissioners offered $12,000 which paid for communications equipment, HVAC, interior and exterior lighting, and a generator for the trailer so the team would be outfitted when deploying.

“They help us in many ways,” said Clark.

CERT is a volunteer emergency response/training program under the United States Department of Homeland Security, with program information posted at www.ready.gov/cert.

According to a CERT press release, the teams are specialized and look different depending on where they are, with training based on the needs of the local community. For example, west coast teams train for earthquakes, while southern teams train for hurricanes. In Columbiana County, CERT trains for Hazardous Occurrences and is sponsored by the County EMA, based at 215 S. Market St. Lisbon, Ohio 44432 and can be reached at 330-420-1020 or email at [email protected]

The mission is to “prepare for county-wide all-hazards disaster planning, community emergency preparedness education, community alerting, response training and recovery efforts . Prepare and protect the citizens of Columbiana County before, during, and after natural and man-made disasters.

Clark said the local team has 29 members and even has a dog in training. She said anyone interested in preparing for themselves or the community can join, explaining that not only can they help themselves during a disaster or emergency, such as a weather event, but also “also gives you the resources to help your neighbors.”

Sometimes first responders cannot get to the scene immediately due to conditions, so CERT can help provide support to communities until they arrive. CERT serves in addition to first responders and agencies.

In Columbiana County, CERT was deployed by the county EMA and provided support to multiple agencies, including the sheriff’s office, fire department, health department, community action agency, County Humane Society and the local American Red Cross.

Basic team training includes small fire suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, mass casualty event triage, first aid I and II. CERT can provide support such as damage assessment, Middleton Volunteer Fire Department radiation decontamination site, triage and coroner support during a mass casualty event, set up and supporting community shelters during cold and heat events, setting up a flood wall in Wellsville, light search and rescue and “Stop the Bleed” training for community groups, disaster preparedness training emergencies for community groups and traffic control for community events.

Volunteers are trained, have a clean background check, and are registered with the Ohio Service Registry. The team includes six CERT trainers and four CERT program managers overseen by the board.

Columbiana County CERT depends on community support, with all donations tax deductible.

The next basic training will be October 22-23 at the Columbiana County EMA. Call 330-420-1020 to learn more. The training covers fire safety, basic first aid, local disaster response and light search and rescue. There is no cost and a lunch is provided. Reservations are not required, but would be helpful for planning.

Clark said anyone can join and she couldn’t say enough about the value of CERT. She said this group always steps in and says they can help.

“We are very lucky to have them” she says.

Both EMA and CERT will be at the Columbiana County Fair, which begins August 1 in Lisbon. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to stop and visit.

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